Ashlei Paget was completely shocked and suprised to receive a prestigious award at Sydney AFL's night of nights this month.
The Tahmoor resident picked up the Andrews-Burgmann Medal for the best and fairest player in the Division 2 Women's AFL 2019 competition.
Paget, who plays for the Wollondilly Knights, said she had no idea what to expect from the glamorous night at Doltone House celebrating the Phelan and Mostyn Medal awards.
"I never expected to win, my club wanted it to be a surprise that I was invited and we never knew that I was actually going to win it," the Knights co-captain said.
"It caps off a good season."
Paget said the Knights finished with their best result in four years of competition, making it to the first round of the finals.
The midfielder (though she really plays all over the park) said she hoped to one day play at AFLW level.
She said she looked up to fellow Wollondilly product Ashleigh Brazill, who played with Collingwood in the elite women's league.
"She played both netball and AFL, just like me, and she was also my netball coach," Paget said.
"She's a big inspiration.
"I want other young girls coming up to know that if you don't quit, if you stick with it, you can chase your goal. You've definitely just got to do it if you want it."